Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Country Trash , Russ Rankin, & Kevin Seconds @ The Blue Lagoon Friday December 2nd

Friday December 2nd 2011

Country Trash
alcohol influenced, original tunes

Country Trash: We bag your groceries, paint your houses, pour your beer, install your fireplaces, make your pizzas, pick up your trash and sell you your gardening equiptment, we are a working class. We are fathers, brothers, friends and lovers. All of these things influence our music in a way that has driven us to create something not only special for ourselves and the ones we love, but in hopes of connecting everyone that is just like us. Please listen, dance, cry, laugh, love, support and most of all, COME OUT TO A SHOW, after all, this is your music too.

Russ Rankin
Rock, Punk, Dissent
Santa Cruz

Punk rock, folk, protest music, torch songs.
Former vocalist for Good RIddance, current vocalist for Only Crime.

Russ Rankin is the lead vocalist for melodic hardcore band Only Crime, Creep Division and former punk rock band Good Riddance. Both bands were signed to Fat Wreck Chords until Good Riddance announced their breakup on April 3, 2007 . Rankin was also a member of Fury 66 and State of Grace. He has also lent his voice to songs by Rise Against, Ensign, Comeback Kid. Additionally, Rankin spends time producing bands. Most recently, he performed a cover of the Johnny Cash song "Walk the Line" for a punk rock tribute album entitled All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash. Rankin appeared in the independent documentary, Meditate and Destroy, that focuses on Dharma Punx author Noah Levine. Along with his band Good Riddance, they can be seen in the film performing at the Catalyst club in Santa Cruz, CA.

Rankin is a member of PETA and leads a straight edge and vegan lifestyle. Rankin holds the position of California/Western United States Regional Scout for the Kootenay Ice, a hockey team that competes in the Western Hockey League.
Accourding to author Noah Levine, Rankin "spends most of his time these days touring internationally and spreading political and spiritual awareness through his lyrics."
He is also a regular contributor to Amp Magazine, where he has his own column.

Kevin Seconds
punk, folk, pop, americana, rock, roots, pussy magnet-core

Kevin Seconds is a singer/songwriter/musician, born in Sacramento. As a teen, he moved with his family to Reno, Nevada where he lived until 1988 when he relocated back to Sacramento and has been based ever since.
He founded the highly influential hardcore punk band 7 Seconds in 1979 with his brother Steve Youth. Having been their frontman from the start, he also writes their lyrics. The band signed to the Better Youth Organization label in late 1983. BYO put out 7 Seconds first record, The Crew. Since its formation, 7 Seconds has released over 15 records as well as touring North America, Europe and Japan multiple times.
Simultaneously with his career with 7 Seconds, he has been engaged in several side band projects. These include Go National, Drop Acid, Mustard, 5'10", Ghetto Moments and The Altruistics. He recently started a secret musical/art project called Swallow My Pride that will make its debut in the spring of 2011.
Besides his musical endeavors, Kevin is an artist and illustrator and makes his artwork available at his live shows and via his website. He also hosts a 2-hour punk rock online radio show called Pay To Strum with Kevin Seconds, on the popular Canadian-based Internet radio station punkradiocast.com. The show is currently on hiatus while Kevin tours as a solo artist and with 7 Seconds. Kevin announced recently that he was working on creating a new radio show he will produce and host via his own radio site radio.kevinseconds.com. There is no official kickoff date but he occasionally does "test broadcasts".
He also hosts his own podcast show via the ipadio.com website.
In 2001, Kevin and his wife Allyson Seconds opened the popular "True Love Coffeehouse" in Sacramento, CA but closed 4 years later after multiple problems with the landlord of the building. In 2006, Kevin reopened True Love in a new building, not far from the original location. He recently closed it for personal, economical and philosophical differences with his business partners. Kevin and Allyson have no immediate plans to re-open the cafe.

Starting as a solo artist in 1989, Kevin Seconds began performing as a solo acoustic performer, debuting as an opener to the band Dramarama at the City Gardens club in Trenton, New Jersey. Since then, he has toured the United States and Europe extensively under his own name and has played with the likes of Elliott Smith, Jonathan Richman, Ben Lee, John Doe, Bouncing Souls, Bad Brains, Bob Mould, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Ben Nichols (Lucero), Vic Ruggiero (The Slackers), Greg Attonito (Bouncing Souls), Joey Cape (Lagwagon) and Jesse Michaels (Operation Ivy), among other acts. He has released 4 solo albums ('Stoudamire', 'Heaven's Near Wherever You Are', 'Rise Up Insomniacs' and the recently released 'Good Luck Buttons') and has appeared on several compilations, split 7 inch vinyl releases and a popular split album with Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio, released in 2002 on Asian Man Records.
He frequently collaborates with his wife Allyson, who sings lead in her own musical project BagOKittens with Sacramento -based singer-songwriter Anton Barbeau.
Although 7 Seconds still tours, Kevin has focused almost solely on his solo music and tours as frequently as possible. Since the summer of 2008, he has toured throughout North America, as well as the U.K. and mainland Europe.

As with Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat, Kevin has had a great deal of influence on the straight edge subculture but has never fully embraced it as a movement. He has been outspoken about his opposition to the more militant aspects of Straight Edge and does not support it. Kevin continues to maintain a drug/alcohol/smoke-free lifestyle but appears to have no interest in being a spokesman for the Straight Edge lifestyle.

The Blue Lagoon
923 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Doors at 9:00
Show @ 9:30


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